Brother 'praying' for Amesbury Novichok victim Charlie Rowley

Charlie Rowley

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 6:10am 12th July 2018 (Updated 11:44am 12th July 2018)

The brother of the Amesbury man poisoned by Novichok has said he is praying for his recovery.

The brother of the Amesbury man poisoned by Novichok has said he is praying for his recovery.

Matthew Rowley visited sibling Charlie in Salisbury District Hospital as he continued to recuperate following exposure to the nerve agent

"It was very upsetting," he told Sky News, shortly after the visit.

Matthew, who says he and his brother are Catholics, said: "I said a prayer for him last night."

"We had a little chat," he said, adding that his brother "wasn't himself".

"It was quite upsetting actually when I walked in to see him in the condition he's in," 

"He was struggling to make himself upright... he's got loads of machines everywhere and so many tubes and wires coming out of him..

"At least I've seen him now... he's not out of trouble yet but hopefully he's going to get better but they can't say yet.

"He's going to be in there for a while."

Mr Rowley, 45, was left in a critical condition and Dawn Sturgess died on on Sunday evening after they were poisoned by a "high dose" of the substance.

Asked about whether his brother is aware of Ms Sturgess's death, Matthew said Charlie was "very upset. I'd say he's more angry than upset."

Dawn Sturgess Official Picture
Doctors were unable to save Dawn Sturgess

Mr Rowley regained consciousness on Tuesday -10 days after he was taken to hospital.

Detectives confirmed yesterday they'd been able to speak to him "briefly" and will visit him again as they continue to work out how the pair were poisoned by the nerve agent.

Police believe they handled a contaminated item and are still searching for that.

Officials have warned members of the public not to pick up any foreign items that could contain liquid or gel.

The latest advice from Public Health England can be found here.

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